Lost (2004 IMDb)

Viewing

First three seasons only.

Categorization

Adventure, drama. Not science fiction in any meaningful way; it works on the ridiculous premise that “The universe has a way of course correcting”, as stated in season 3, episode 8.

Subject

A plane crashes on a tropical island in the Pacific. The story of each prominent survivor is told through flashbacks, and the place keeps getting stranger.

Commentary

Some classic severe flaws of American TV drama: Pointlessly concurring music, an increasingly ridiculous focus on a minority of especially beautiful and/or competent people who are less vulnerable than others despite always doing everything important, excessive fistfights, amnesia, oozy love, insane antagonists, and cliffhangers in front of most commercials. Some good characters and the unfolding mystery of the island make it interesting, until it becomes apparent that this mystery is not taken seriously by the creators. There are meta jokes about interchangeable peripheral characters, and redshirts are mentioned, yet too few non-redshirts die. It seems to be a failed attempt at another Twin Peaks (1990), minus the deeper agenda of deliberate surrealism.

References here: Twin Peaks (2017).

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